organ grinder


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organ grinder

n.
A musician who plays a hurdy-gurdy and usually performs on the street.

or′gan grind`er


n.
an itinerant street musician who earns a living by playing a hand organ or hurdy-gurdy.
[1800–10]
References in classic literature ?
Most people in this country imagine that Italy is entirely populated with ice cream men and organ grinders. There certainly are a lot of them; perhaps they're an invading army in disguise."
"An army of organ grinders might pick up hints, and their monkeys might pick up all sort of things."
The Organ Grinder pub in Woodgate Road is staging the festival from August 22-26.
Which type of simian became familiar as an organ grinder's pet?
When it comes to opinions on Brexit, I have no more interest in Blair and Campbell than in any other retired organ grinder and his monkey.
A tough gig until a revelation that threatens to sink both monkey and organ grinder. The tale is full of cultural signposts that make it 'of the time' - the chance meeting with President Trump is particularly enjoyable.
Foreign total It would lead, to paraphrase departing Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer, to Australia doing all trade deals with the British monkey through the Brussels organ grinder.
Sam Moffie's The Organ Grinder and The Monkey commences with a query regarding Mingo Junction and Steubenville, Ohio.
He is an Italian, Umberto, an organ grinder and owner of a lively Capuchin monkey.
Contact are bringing The Organ Grinder from Krankbrother Records to The Vault, Belmont Street in Aberdeen on Saturday.
This will be the second time that Ifans has featured in work by the Turner-nominated Chapman brothers, having previously starred in their graphic, surreal short film the Organ Grinder's Monkey.
Organ grinder at an unknown location in the early 20th century, taken by William Fox